Saturday, December 20, 2014

Jesa Marshall's Firebird Jewelry Line


Vaslav

SurLaLune reader Christina shared in her entry for the SurLaLune Fairy Tales Giveaway that her holiday fairy tale wishlist item is Jesa Marshall's "Vaslav" necklace. What is that, I wondered. So I went looking and discovered a line of Firebird inspired jewelry by artist Jesa Marshall. Do follow the link to see more--I just picked some of my favorites to share with you here, including Christina's Vaslav.

Koshchei

About Jesa Marshall:

Inspired by dark fairytales, nature and storytelling Jesa combines precious metals and gemstones with tiny sculptures of Crows, hares, moths and other creatures to create her internationally popular ‘Enchanted’ Collection. Twisted rose vines, gnarly trees and a touch of darkness come together to create a captivatingly original collection of jewellery.

At International Jewellery London, 2012 Jesa launched 'Firebird'. Inspired by a picture book celebrating 100 years of Stravinsky's 'Firebird' and re-telling a version of the original Russian Fairytale, 'Firebird' is a dark but beautiful world of wolves, wild woodlands, and of course, the fantastically elegant firebird.

Yelena



Friday, December 19, 2014

Video Game: The Wolf Among Us (Fables)



The Wolf Among Us was released last month and appeared in the SurLaLune Fairy Tales Giveaway as the wishlist item of Sarah.


I had missed this release so I am sharing it today. The reviews for the game are all over the place depending on the platform it is played on--some platforms play the game well, apparently, and some not well at all.

There are some videos of the game for viewing on Amazon. They require age verification since this has a mature rating, so I decided to not share here.

The game is inspired by Bill Willingham's Fables series, so if you are a Fables fan and a video game fan, this is probably on your wishlist this season, too!

Game description:

The Wolf Among Us is a 5-episode series set before the events seen in the first Fables (DC Comics/Vertigo), an award-winning comic book series, it is an often violent, mature and hard-boiled thriller where the characters and creatures of myth, lore and legend are real and exist in our world.


  • Episodic Game - All 5 Episodes Included
  • Based on Fables (DC Comics/Vertigo), an award-winning comic book series by Bill Willingham.
  • Play as Bigby Wolf: formerly the most feared monster among the Fables, now Sheriff of Fabletown and protector of those he used to hunt. He must restrain the beast within if he is to earn the trust of those around him.
  • The characters of myth, lore and legend are real, and exist in our world. Your choices matter and will change and define the story you experience.

Fairy Tales in Advertising: Hispanic Against Drunk Driving: Multiple Tales



Hispanic Against Drunk Driving: Three Little Pigs
Monsters do exist. If you drink, don't drive.

Wow. I am fascinated by the level of serious messages that fairy tales have been used for in advertising in recent years. Please, someone, write a paper on that and share. I imagine words like "innocence," "juxtaposition," and others would make an appearance in such a paper. There are more to come in some future posts, too, but themes I have seen include drunk driving, child abuse, homelessness, AIDS, childhood illnesses, smoking, environmental protection, general car safety, and more.

We at SurLaLune know fairy tales aren't all fun and frivolity but I guess some ad agencies know it, too.

Campaign info from Ads of the World:

Advertising Agency: Concept Café, Miami, USA
Creative Director: Salvador Veloso
Associate Creative Director: Sebastian Moltedo
Art Director: Pablo Del Fabbro
Copywriter: Sebastian Moltedo
Illustrator: Bob Dob
Published: December 2012


Hispanic Against Drunk Driving: Little Red Riding Hood
Monsters do exist. If you drink, don't drive.


Hispanic Against Drunk Driving: Peter and the Wolf
Monsters do exist. If you drink, don't drive.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Bargain Ebook: The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani for $1.99



The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani (Author), Iacopo Bruno (Illustrator) is on sale in ebook format for $1.99. It was on sale last December for $2.99 so this is the lowest price it has ever reached. The first book in a series, The School for Good and Evil #2: A World without Princes was released this year and The School for Good and Evil #3: The Last Ever After will be released in July 2015.

Book description:

At the School for Good and Evil, failing your fairy tale is not an option.

Welcome to the School for Good and Evil, where best friends Sophie and Agatha are about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime.

With her glass slippers and devotion to good deeds, Sophie knows she'll earn top marks at the School for Good and join the ranks of past students like Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Snow White. Meanwhile, Agatha, with her shapeless black frocks and wicked black cat, seems a natural fit for the villains in the School for Evil.

The two girls soon find their fortunes reversed—Sophie's dumped in the School for Evil to take Uglification, Death Curses, and Henchmen Training, while Agatha finds herself in the School for Good, thrust among handsome princes and fair maidens for classes in Princess Etiquette and Animal Communication.

But what if the mistake is actually the first clue to discovering who Sophie and Agatha really are . . . ?

The School for Good and Evil is an epic journey into a dazzling new world, where the only way out of a fairy tale is to live through one.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Bargain Ebook: Every Tongue Got to Confess: Negro Folk-tales from the Gulf States by Nora Zeale Hurston



Every Tongue Got to Confess: Negro Folk-tales from the Gulf States by Nora Zeale Hurston is today's bargain ebook, $1.99 instead of the usual $9.78. I didn't own this in ebook yet, so this is the first time to my knowledge it has been bargain priced. Hurston was a folklorist among other things and this is a strong collection from her.

Book description:

Every Tongue Got to Confess is an extensive volume of African American folklore that Zora Neale Hurston collected on her travels through the Gulf States in the late 1920s.

The bittersweet and often hilarious tales -- which range from longer narratives about God, the Devil, white folk, and mistaken identity to witty one-liners -- reveal attitudes about faith, love, family, slavery, race, and community. Together, this collection of nearly 500 folktales weaves a vibrant tapestry that celebrates African American life in the rural South and represents a major part of Zora Neale Hurston's literary legacy.

Giveaways and Lots of Wishlists: The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm: The Complete First Edition by Jack Zipes



For all of you who are listing The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm: The Complete First Edition by Jack Zipes as their top fairy tale wish list item in the SurLaLune Fairy Tales Giveaway--and there are several of you!--there is a giveaway for 10 copies of the book offered by the Princeton University Press blog on Goodreads.

The PUP blog is also offering daily for 12 days one fairy tale from the book. The "series will run for 12 days and each story is accompanied by original art from Andrea Dezsö."

Here are the blog entries so far:


“On the fifth day…” The Twelve Grimm Days of Christmas: The Golden Key


“On the fourth day…” The Twelve Grimm Days of Christmas: Okerlo


“On the third day…” The Twelve Grimm Days of Christmas: The Three Sisters


“On the second day…” The Twelve Grimm Days of Christmas: The Blue Light


“On the first day…” Presenting The Twelve Grimm Days of Christmas: The Elves

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Take an Extra 25% Off Any Book Sold by Amazon




I'm reposting this because the expiration date was extended through tonight. If you have already used it, you can't use it again, but if you missed your chance earlier, here it is again! This will also work on the topselling fairy tale title this season, The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm: The Complete First Edition, which is appearing in many entries in the SurLaLune Fairy Tales Giveaway.

Amazon has another coupon code good through Sunday Tuesday night on any book sold and shipped by Amazon, 25% off up to a $10 discount. I've copied all terms and conditions below. It's a great offer to use if you want to purchase one of the books in the SurLaLune Fairy Tales library, such as Cinderella Tales From Around the World or Beauty and the Beast Tales From Around the World.


Take an Extra 25% Off Any Book

Terms & Conditions

▪ To use this promotion, you must enter "BOOKDEAL25" at checkout under the "Gift cards & promotional codes" section to receive 25% off any ONE (1) book purchased in your order (up to $10 promotional credit).
▪ This offer is only valid on print books. Excludes Kindle eBooks and Audible Audiobooks.
▪ The promotion is valid for a limited time only, from December 11, 2014 at 5pm PST to December 16, 2014 at 11:59pm PST. Amazon reserves the right to modify or cancel this offer at any time.
▪ Offer only applies to products sold and shipped by Amazon.com.
▪ Limit one promotional code per customer and account.
▪ The maximum benefit you may receive from this offer is $10.
▪ Offer good while supplies last.
▪ Offer is non-transferable and may not be resold.
▪ The offer discount will be allocated to the highest priced book in your order.
▪ If any of the products or content related to this promotion are returned, the value of the offer will be subtracted from your return credit.
▪ This promotion may not be combined with other offers, including promotional certificates.
▪ Items must be purchased in a single order and shipped at the same speed to a single address.
▪ If you violate any of the Terms & Conditions, the promotion will be invalid.
▪ Void where prohibited.
▪ Shipping charges may apply to discounted and free promotional items.
▪ Offer does not apply to Amazon Gift Cards.

Monday, December 15, 2014

SurLaLune Fairy Tales Giveaway



It's that time of year everyone! I haven't offered a giveaway for the holiday season yet so here it is!

Register for the chance to win a set of 3 SurLaLune Library Titles: Bluebeard Tales From Around the World, Cinderella Tales From Around the World, and Beauty and the Beast Tales From Around the World. Go to the SurLaLune Fairy Tales Giveaway to enter for a chance to win.

To make it more interesting for us all, I am also asking "What fairy tale item is on your holiday wish list?" I will share the answers during this week and and next with the SurLaLune readers, so be sure to give me an "online name" to use when you enter for me to share on the blog.

Contest Rules:

Open to international entries.

Only one person will win a set of 3 SurLaLune Library Titles: Bluebeard Tales From Around the World, Cinderella Tales From Around the World, and Beauty and the Beast Tales From Around the World.

Contest ends 11:59 PM 12/21/14.

Winner will be selected on 12/22/14. I will announce the winner online on the SurLaLune blog and contact the winner by email. If I do not receive a mailing address for the winner by 11:59 PM 12/31/14, a new winner will be selected.

Void where prohibited by law.

You must be 13 or older to enter.

Your personal information will not be distributed except where described for sharing your "online name" and answer to the entry question, "What fairy tale item is on your holiday wish list?" with the SurLaLune readers.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Take an Extra 25% Off Any Book Sold by Amazon



Amazon has another coupon code good through Sunday night on any book sold and shipped by Amazon, 25% off up to a $10 discount. I've copied all terms and conditions below. It's a great offer to use if you want to purchase one of the books in the SurLaLune Fairy Tales library, such as Cinderella Tales From Around the World or Beauty and the Beast Tales From Around the World.


Take an Extra 25% Off Any Book

Terms & Conditions

▪ To use this promotion, you must enter "BOOKDEAL25" at checkout under the "Gift cards & promotional codes" section to receive 25% off any ONE (1) book purchased in your order (up to $10 promotional credit).

▪ This offer is only valid on print books. Excludes Kindle eBooks and Audible Audiobooks.

▪ The promotion is valid for a limited time only, from December 11, 2014 at 5pm PST to December 14, 2014 at 11:59pm PST. Amazon reserves the right to modify or cancel this offer at any time.

▪ Offer only applies to products sold and shipped by Amazon.com.

▪ Limit one promotional code per customer and account.

▪ The maximum benefit you may receive from this offer is $10.

▪ Offer good while supplies last.

▪ Offer is non-transferable and may not be resold.

▪ The offer discount will be allocated to the highest priced book in your order.

▪ If any of the products or content related to this promotion are returned, the value of the offer will be subtracted from your return credit.

▪ This promotion may not be combined with other offers, including promotional certificates.

▪ Items must be purchased in a single order and shipped at the same speed to a single address.

▪ If you violate any of the Terms & Conditions, the promotion will be invalid.

▪ Void where prohibited.

▪ Shipping charges may apply to discounted and free promotional items.

▪ Offer does not apply to Amazon Gift Cards.